Today’s Gospel: Luke 17:11-19
Jesus healed ten lepers, ten people who were banished from decent society. They didn’t even approach Him, but instead called out to Him from some distance.
These ten along with many others were the marginalized of the Roman and Jewish societies, because of their illness. Yet Jesus healed them.
How many times am I the leper keeping my distance from the world, from God?
How do you think the people traveling with Jesus responded to His actions? I can hear them saying, “What are you doing? They’re lepers, don’t go near them.” How often am I one of those people separating myself from the “diseased”?
St. Albert the Great was a bishop for only three years, after which he was asked to step down as God had other plans for him. During those three years he remained a humble man, even refusing a horse to travel and minister to those in his large district, and instead choosing to traverse on foot. During those journeys he ministered to all God’s people. He didn’t consider himself better than even the lowliest of the people he served. Throughout his time as a bishop and even throughout his life in service to God never did he hold himself away from God or the world.
Jesus didn’t turn away the lepers and He didn’t reject those that separated themselves from the lepers. Jesus was sent to save all of God’s children.
It matters not that we are rejected by society or that we may be the rejecters. St. Albert, like Jesus, didn’t discriminate. He welcomed all. God welcomes all.
What can I change in my life so that I can be more like Albert the Great and Jesus, and not feel rejected or be one who rejects?
Most gracious and merciful Jesus, please help me to imitate St. Albert the Great and You, to turn to You when rejected and to not be one who rejects. Amen.
Copyright 2017 Christina Weigand
Christina Weigand is a writer, wife, and mother of three grown children and a teenager. She is also Nana to three granddaughters. Through her writing she strives to share the Word of God and help people young and old to realize the love and mercy He has for everyone.
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